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Images from a field of blue bells – Poem : ‘The Bright Field’ by R. S. Thomas

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Our dog Molly, In the Blue bells field, Slievenamon, County Tipperary
Landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Located on the west slopes of Slievenamon , County Tipperary, is a small yet wonderful little field .

To reach it you have to walk some thirty minutes through wood-lands and up a mountain track, finally reaching a gate. The site that welcomes you in May is that of a field full of blue bells and an old derelict farm cottage. This cottage would be able to tell some amazing stories and if it only could!

Above the field are the mountain slopes that I am much more use to seeing, with mountain heather and scrub lands, streams and baths.

I have visited this field many times, its a great location during the summer and a wonderful escape and resting place after a walk to the top of the mountain.

I just wanted to share one of my most loved local locations here and also one of my most loved Poems by R. S. Thomas, which I feel is perfect for this post ….

The Bright Field

by R. S. Thomas

I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the
pearl of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realise now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying

on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

The field a Gallery

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13 responses

  1. Gorgeous images Nigel! : )))

    May 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    • Hello Anne 🙂 🙂

      Thank you , very happy you liked them 🙂 🙂 🙂

      May 19, 2014 at 6:03 pm

  2. Great photos Nigel. Very unusual to find so many bluebells out in the open.

    May 19, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    • Hello Aidy 🙂 🙂

      Thank you 🙂

      Yes I was thinking so to , its an amazing view when you walk through the get 🙂 🙂

      Maybe the field was a part of the woods then got cleared at some point ?

      Great comment – Thank you 🙂

      May 21, 2014 at 11:17 am

  3. fantastic find.

    May 19, 2014 at 10:39 pm

  4. Lovely colours, so lovely!

    May 19, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    • Hello 🙂 🙂

      Thank you , very pleased you liked and commented 🙂 🙂 🙂

      May 22, 2014 at 6:05 pm

  5. M-R

    Simply lovely. Not a lot else to say, Nigel … except thanks !

    May 20, 2014 at 7:35 am

    • Hello margaret 🙂

      Thank you 🙂 🙂

      Very happy you enjoyed 🙂 🙂

      May 21, 2014 at 11:20 am

  6. poppytump

    What a lovely scene Nigel !
    I was thinking the same as aidy … used to bluebell carpets in the woods 😉

    May 21, 2014 at 11:01 am

    • Hello Poppy 🙂 🙂 🙂

      Yes , Its an amazing view 🙂 , I have been trying to work it out and the only thing I can think of is that maybe the farmer get the field from the forestry owners and cleared it for the sheep , the old thing left of the woods in the field is the bluebells each spring.

      Maybe ?

      May 21, 2014 at 11:23 am

      • poppytump

        You could be on to something there Nigel !
        Hope you are enjoying some sunshine today … it’s fabulous here . I think I should shun the computer and head out with Lottie 😉

        May 21, 2014 at 11:33 am

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